Body Recovered from Hamlin Lake in Mason County

LUDINGTON, MI – The body of Robert Conklin has been recovered from the waters of Hamlin Lake in Mason County.

Hamlin Lake
Photo Credit: Kevin.Daniels

On Monday September 23rd, 2019, at approximately 6:30PM, the search efforts for Robert Conklin of West Olive, MI concluded.  Robert’s body was located in an area of Hamlin Lake known as the ‘narrows’ and was approximately 150 yards off of the south shore in 7 feet of water. A Mason County Sheriff’s Dive Team Member was able to retrieve the body at about 7:10PM.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the support from the community and wanted to say thank you to everyone for that support. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Robert’s family and friends during this tragic time” said Kim Cole, Mason County Sheriff. “This has been a tragic summer on our area lakes and we are happy to bring closure to Robert’s family  and friends.” “These incidents are long and tiring for our emergency responders and I once again commend them for all that they do for our community.” “We are grateful for our partner agencies and local businesses that provided assistance.”

An autopsy will be conducted within the next coming days.

The following businesses supported the search efforts: The Y Country Store, Jimmy Johns, Mancinos, Meijer and McDonald’s.

The following agencies assisted in the search efforts: Ludington Police Department, Ludington State Park, Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, US Coast Guard Air Support, Mason County Emergency Management, Pentwater Police Department, Mason County Victim’s Services, Hamlin Fire Department, Scottville Fire Department, Grant Fire Department, Custer Fire Department, Life EMS, Mason/Oceana 911, MSCO Dive Unit, and MSCO Marine Patrol.

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